St. Luke’s Neuroscience Institute’s Debbie Summers, R.N., earned the prestigious 2011 Stroke Council Award. Summers, a resident of Lee’s Summit, is an R.N., M.S.N., A.C.N.S.-B.C., C.C.R.N., C.N.R.N., F.A.H.A.

St. Luke’s Neuroscience Institute’s Debbie Summers, R.N., earned the prestigious 2011 Stroke Council Award. Summers, a resident of Lee’s Summit, is an R.N., M.S.N., A.C.N.S.-B.C., C.C.R.N., C.N.R.N., F.A.H.A.

She is a nationally renowned acute stroke expert. She was honored by the American Heart Association Nov. 14 with the 2011 Stroke Council Award, presented to those who integrate stroke and heart disease in care, education, and research. Summers is only the third nurse to earn the award.

Summers continues to fight for patients, often acting as a consultant to other organizations to help jump start stroke programs. She also serves on local and national committees committed to improving care. She co-authored with Marilyn Rymer, M.D., “The Stroke Center Handbook,” a guide to developing acute stroke programs, and she was the lead author of “A Comprehensive Overview of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Care of the Acute Ischemic Stroke Patient,” heralded as the industry’s acute stroke nursing guide.